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1914 Ford Model T Hack
In 1914, at the young age of 14, Orson Lewis, started “Bingham Stages” transporting miners from Bingham UT to Salt Lake City UT. His 1st vehicle in 1914 was a Ford very similar to this truck. Orson Lewis later expanding the business to Lewis Brothers Stages with his siblings, which was in business in Salt Lake City for over 100 years.
In 1947 Orson Lewis, longing to have one like his first, bought this Ford from a collector. The vehicle then sat in a garage at Lewis Brothers Stages for many years following Orson’s passing. Over the years, Orson’s Granddaughter Tina would often ask her father, Joe Lewis, about restoring the truck. Finally in approximately 1990 the Ford was rebuilt by Berlings Customs in Murray UT. It was broken down to every nut, bolt and screw and laid out on the floor. All pieces that were rusted or not repairable were replaced as it was reassembled. At that time, Joe decided to go with the “Woody”- Jitney body, which is an authentic design from that era and looks very similar to the original Bingham Stages Model T’s making the run between the Bingham Canyon and Downtown Salt Lake.
The original brass headlamps had been stolen and were replaced with the black painted ones that are also an authentic era option. An electric starter was installed during the restoration for convenience. It seats 6 or 7 and has a two speed rear axle. Since the restoration, this tribute to early Salt Lake City history has been driven probably less than 25 miles.
Auction Estimate: $12,000